This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Histopathology Technician serves as a specialized technician in the Anatomic Pathology (AP) section (Histology/Cytology) of the John D. Dingell VAMC- Detroit, MI. In addition to a working knowledge of histotechnology and cytotechnology procedures, the position requires computer literacy, knowledge of computer-based anatomic pathology equipment and quality assurance/quality control procedures and operations. The Histopathology Technician (GS-0646-07) must be able to function independently in multiple areas of the Anatomic Pathology laboratory, including histopathology, cytopathology, immunohistochemistry, special stains and the autopsy suite (Morgue). The duties and responsibilities of the Histopathology Technician (GS-0646-07) include but are not limited to: - The ability to use independent technical judegement to perform their duties. -The ability to use independent technical judgement for analysis, evaluation and problem resolution. - The ability to apply difficult complex anatomic pathology principles, practices, concepts and theories, as they pertain to: - Quality control and assurance procedures - Performance improvement principles - Reagent and supply management - Document control and workload recording systems - Human anatomy - Specialized testing methods and techniques - Following standard operating procedures (SOP) and/or seeking guidance to reconcile any discrepancies, as needed. - Applying established routine and complex histotechnology and cytotechnology techniques such as processing, embedding, cutting, staining and coverslipping to prepare and distribute technically adequate slides of surgical, cytology and autopsy specimens for analysis. - Performs specialized complex Anatomic Pathology procedures to include: -Immunohistochemistry antibody, reagent and control verification. - Special stain reagent and control verification. - Chemical viability evaluation and testing -Improving, developing, modifying, adapting and validating current and/or new methodologies. - Performs technical oversight of quality control procedures, to include troubleshooting and problem resolution, on equipment, reagents and products while keeping proper records for quality assurance and quality control reports. - Using established procedures, performs preventative maintenance on instruments and equipment while verifying correct operation. Identifies the cause of problems and makes complex instrument repairs, as needed. - Using specialized techniques for handling frozen section, bone marrow, autopsy, cell block and fine-needle biopsy specimens. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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